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Donna Marie Medina

Family Attorney at Birmingham, MI

5.0   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1991
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Donna

Learn Donna’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    All aspects of family law including divorce, separate maintenance, child custody, parenting time disputes, child and spousal support and guardianship/conservatorship.

    33 years

  2. Adoption
    Private adoptions including involuntary termination of parental rights.

    33 years

  3. Mediation
    Family law


Donna Medina concentrates her practice on domestic relations law, drawing from more than 32 years of experience in civil litigation.

Representing both men and women in divorce and complex family disputes, Donna helps families resolve disputes involving child custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, property settlement, division of assets, change of domicile, change of school district, and parent-child reunification.  Understanding how divorce changes lives forever, she guides her clients, especially those with children, through the separation and divorce process with the least amount of animosity and acrimony possible, involving psychologists and social workers, accountants, financial advisors, and mediators when appropriate.

Donna also counsels clients on family planning, private adoptions, adoptions through State of Michigan, and guardianships, appearing in court on behalf of parents and children when conflicts arise. She is one of few Michigan attorneys with extensive experience in contested direct placement adoptions and has successfully represented many prospective adoptive families and birth mothers terminate the parental rights of putative fathers under the Michigan Adoption Code and legal parents under the Juvenile Code.  

Family disputes require patience and perspective, and Donna assesses situations from all angles to achieve both current and long-range outcomes, listening to the client’s immediate needs while crafting positive, sustainable solutions. When a marriage relationship deteriorates to the point where courtroom litigation is the only viable option, she works tirelessly to include the client in all facets of case preparation and decision making.  

Donna’s dedication to her clients is matched only by her commitment to the important causes she supports. She has volunteered as an attorney at Turning Point, an organization committed to improving the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and she has also served on the Board of Directors of both Community Treatment Centers in Detroit, an organization that assists recently released prisoners transition back to society, and Project Rehab, which helps persons afflicted by alcoholism and substance abuse issues in the Grand Rapids area. Donna is a certified family law mediator.  She also volunteers her services with the Wayne County Child Support Help Program sponsored by the Booth Legal Aid Clinic and the Wayne County Domestic Dispute Resolution Center and has been a guest lecturer at Cooley Law School presenting classes in adoption and paternity. 

Donna is a contributing author to the publication, “Kids Caught In The Middle: How Families Are Harmed When Judges Don’t Follow The Law,” written by family law appellate counsel, Liisa R. Speaker.   She was the trial attorney in two adoption cases and trial and appellate counsel in the related paternity cases that were reversed and remanded in 2019.  As a result of the Michigan Supreme Court's orders in In re MGR, Sarna v Healy and In re LMB, all decided in June 2019, Donna was able to finalize the adoptions of two children, after three full years of extensive litigation.  She recently assisted a child placing agency finalize an adoption following two remands from the Michigan Court of Appeals.  She is also frequently consulted by other family law attorneys with adoption-related substantive and procedural questions.  

Donna received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from Wayne State University, but opted to pursue a career in law after recognizing that her true passion was to help families whose lives were affected by unforeseen challenges, particularly those involving children. She attended Wayne State University Law School in the evening while working full-time as a paralegal during the day.

Donna recently participated in the Oakland County Bar Associations' Inns of Court program for two consecutive years.  She is also an active member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Family Law and Litigation Sections, the Adoption and ART subcommittee of the Family Law Section, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Oakland County Boat Club, for which she served as one of its few female Commodores.


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Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.
380 N Old Woodward Ave Ste 300
Birmingham, MI, 48009


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Posted by Charles | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart and outcome driven, day and night
My complex case had many dimensions, legal, moral, human, requiring good judgment and deft navigation through treacherous contending forces. Donna was thorough, available, and creative throughout and our favorable outcome would not have been so good were she not so exceptional even to the point of being cool headed despite very high human stakes that could turn on a word or an inflection. I cannot get into specifics as the case was and still is "delicate." I recommend Donna without reservation and would go to no one else for my family's legal issues.
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Posted by Tracy | June 14, 2016
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Helpful, supportive, timely, diligent, insightful
Donna is precise, effective, great at communicating each detail and step of the process so that you understand what is going to happen. She doesn't believe in wasting time and therefore ensures that she is thorough. She went over and beyond my expectations in my very 1st consultation. I was very scared and nervous based on what another female divorce company had said and she eased all of my nerves. Not only did she justify my situation to me she made it a point to follow up with the other consulting firm to let them know how inaccurate their information was as to not mislead any other women in regards to being involved in and leaving an abusive situation! She is calm, patient, fierce and fabulous at what she does!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2024
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Family Law Customer
Exceptional Lawyer !!!! I spent a week consulting lawyers about our case, they all needed to do research before agreeing to take the case. I emailed Mrs. Donna Medina at 1:15 a.m. on a Sunday morning regarding our urgent case, she called me back at 3:30 am and gave instructions on how to proceed. That Monday, Donna stepped into a highly complicated case and showed exceptional legal prowess. The instructions from the 1st session wound up being pivotal to the case being resolved in our favor. She guided us through a complicated process taking over 2 years and four courts to resolve. She managed the technical/legal process while acting as a counselor to help keep our emotions intact. She kept the 'Family' in family law. No call, email or text went unanswered, she was extremely responsive. Donna’s experience, professionalism and attention to detail stood out as our case moved all the way to the State Supreme Court for rulings. We watched as Mrs. Medina respectfully coached multiple judges on the law/court procedures because our case was so unique. One day after court, I told my wife "it’s like watching Micheal Jordon in the court room". Retaining Donna was a slam dunk for our family! We are most impressed with how she follows up just to see how things are going even after the case is resolved.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
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Above and Beyond
I interviewed a number of attorneys before I found Donna, right away I knew she was the right one to handle my divorce. Donna cares about the well being of her clients and their children. She will go above and beyond for her clients. She is excellent at what she does and is very knowledgeable. I had a very complicated divorce and Donna helped me throughout the whole process, answering questions and educating me on the process. She was supportive and helpful I would not have handled it the way I did if it wasn’t for her. There are not many lawyers like her, she truly cares about her clients! I am so happy I found her. She is a blessing!!
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Posted by Lindsay | December 10, 2020
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Child custody
I cannot say enough good things about Donna. I had a very difficult custody situation and she handled everything so incredibly well. She always made me feel at ease and she always explained everything in such detail so I could understand what was going on. She is respectful but also knows how to take charge when needed and still be professional. She always responds to emails and calls and keeps you informed on every move that is made. She is kind and I felt that she genuinely cared about me and my situation. She is just amazing , I highly recommend her!!!
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Posted by Michael | June 23, 2019
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Adoption Expertise at its Finest
My wife and I retained Mrs. Medina’s legal services in the summer of 2016. At the time, we required an expert in adoptive law as it related to our son’s direct-placement case. It didn’t take long to notice Donna’s work ethic as we immediately recognized her ability to dissect each statute and flawlessly apply them to our matter in the most factual of ways. Mrs. Medina lead our charge for nearly 3 years of judicial misinterpretations and serious abuses of discretion at both the county circuit court and court of appeals levels. We eventually prevailed at the state’s supreme court in June 2019 and frankly would have never made it through this ordeal without our faith and unwavering dedication that Donna possessed to seek the correct outcome as the law writers intended it to be. Donna’s oral and written abilities are second to none and her keen awareness to connect with the state’s best legal, research and other professional resources, is what kept our family’s confidence alive throughout our case. She is without question the finest person, a brilliant legal mind, someone who worked above and beyond on our behalf and she will forever be a part of our family and of our hearts.
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Posted by Victoria Najat Roumayah LaFave | June 24, 2016
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Client review
When I was referred to this law firm, I was initially referred to another attorney and Donna Medina was then handed my case. To say that this was a blessing is an uderstatement. NOBODY could do for me what Donna has done for me because this woman put her whole heart and soul into my case. While I was going through the worst time of my life, Donna supported and counseled me emotionally and made me feel as though I was the only person that mattered. There has never been a time that I have tried to contact Donna and she did not answer my call. She has always handled my case with pure professionalism and anyone would be lucky to have this wonderful woman represent him/her!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Williams,Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer on adoption and paternity
  • Cooley Law School
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Partner
  • Rattner Medina, P.C.
  • 1995 - 2006


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Wayne State University
  • BSBA
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re MGR, adoptee
  • Favorable for client, petitioning mother.
  • In re LMB, Adoptee
  • Putative father’s rights terminated and adoption finalized.


  • Member
  • Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member-Litigation Section
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Adoption Subcommittee-SBM Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2020
  • Honoree 2015 Women in Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2015
  • First Place National Scholarship
  • American Society of Women Accountants
  • 1985
  • Metropolitan Detroit Area Scholarship
  • American Society of Women Accountants
  • 1985
  • Member
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 1985
  • Member
  • National Golden Key Honor Society
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer
  • Adoption and Paternity
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Donna
Unknown Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Donna Medina on a number of complex adoption cases. I have always known her to be very knowledgeable and well prepared. She represents her clients diligently. I have referred a number of clients to her, each of whom was very well represented. She is an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Donna is the consummate professional. She is knowledgeable, a zealous but courteous attorney, who pays meticulous detail to every matter in a divorce. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Donna and I worked together to bring a difficult situation to a peaceful resolution for both parties."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Donna Medina is a brilliant mixture of skill, advocacy, and tact. Ms. Medina and I worked together on a very contentious divorce case involving the custody of two minor children. There were many accusations between the parties. Despite this, Ms. Medina never lost her cool and at all times treated my client respectfully, even as she zealously pursued her client's goals. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking for the very best in a family law attorney."